The Best of 2014

Well. This is it, the end of another great OBIEE year, and what a year of blogging it was.

I tried to find a top 10 blogs for 2014 but when I got to 22 blogs to choose from I decided to cover them all!

Happy New Year.

What will 2015 bring?

1. How-To: File hunt for OBIEE GUI changes

Christian Berg says that one of the questions that frequently comes up is ‘How do I change a part of the GUI of OBIEE?’

He says the point isn’t simply to say “do X in Y”, but rather “how do you get to know that you need to change X in Y?

He then talks us through the process.

2. RittmanMead BI Forum 2014 – Wrap – up

Daan Bakboord summarises the RittmanMead BI Forum. He says that the program is varied with Oracle BI EE, Oracle Endeca, Aggregation Persistence, Big Data, Oracle Exalytics, Oracle BI Cloud,  Oracle Information Management Reference Architecture etc. It was also a place to network and exchange ideas.

He also praised Robin Moffat for his presentation, ‘No Silver Bullets – OBIEE Performance in the Real World’.

3. Minimalist Design for the Criteria Tab

Jeff McQuigg says, “When it comes to OBI report design, minimalist is the only way to go when it comes to the Criteria Tab. Whereas architecture and design are subjective, when it comes to keeping the criteria tab minimalist there is a strong, demonstrable benefit to this philosophy. It’s so important that this is the very first thing I look for when I am called in for a performance healthcheck review.”

This post takes a quick look into why.

4. 3rd-Party Visualizations in OBIEE

Kevin McGinley writes:

“In Part 1 of this post, I wrote about why you might want to add third-party visualization capabilities for OBIEE and gave a brief explanation how to setup one approach: calling java visualization engines. In Part 2 I walked through a detailed example of how to actually do this using a visualization engine called Flot. In this post I will do the same thing for a visualization engine called D3.”

5. Cloud Services Are Reaching Maturity – Thoughts from OOW 2014

Myles Gilsenan writes of how he attended Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2014 recently with a focus on BI, Big Data and ERP.

He then summarises:

Business Intelligence (BI)

  • BI Cloud Services
  • BI Apps (ODI version)
  • Golden Gate and Real Time Reporting
  • OBIEE/Essbase Integration

Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)

  • Budgeting and Planning Cloud Service
  • Big Data  – Big Data Discovery, SQL for Big Data, Big Data Appliance
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Oracle Fusion Apps
  • Fusion Financials & Oracle Transactional BI
  • Oracle Functional Set-Up Manager (FSM)

6. Oracle BI Mobile App Designer – Version 2

Peak Indicators discuss Version 2 with the new features:

  • Map Visualisation
  • Custom Maps
  • Set of new functions with redesigned calculated fields

and improved functionality on:

  • Redesigned authoring UI
  • Exploration template
  • Application level calculated fields
  • Filters

They then go through in detail:

  • User Interface
  • Calculated Field
  • Multiple Filters
  • Exploration Page
  • Sidebar
  • New Map Visualisation
  • New Custom Map
  • Plugins
  • Other Features

7. MS Sharepoint and Oracle APEX integration

Dimitri Gielis says that at Oracle Open World, he gave a presentation about the integration of Microsoft Sharepoint and Oracle Application Express (APEX).


8. Oracle ACE Program: Follow Up

Tim Hall shares more thoughts on the Oracle ACE Program including the ‘Access to Information’ and  ‘Access to Support’.  Take a read.

9. APEX 5.0 – Keyboard shortcuts

Dimitri Gielis lists the the keyboard shortcuts in Oracle Application Express (APEX)

10. 6 Desktop BI Tools

  1. Excel
  2. R Project
  3. ES Series
  4. SPSS
  5. STATA

11. My OOW14 Overview

Debra Lilley gives us her OOW14 overview including linking to her video

“2 Minute Tech Tip: Communication Between Technical and Business Stakeholders”

12. Collaborative BI ZigZag – BIWisdom Response

Christian Screen writes, “When I speak to people about the idea of collaboration in Business Intelligence, it usually begins by me explaining that in its simplest form Collaborative BI is the ability to comment or annotate a report or a dashboard in a BI System.”

He then goes on to explain ‘Collaborative BI’ further.

13. Purging corrupted OBIEE web catalog users

Christian Berg says, “NOTE: This is a quick & dirty solution!”

14. Global Currencies in Oracle BIA

Daan Bakboord writes, “If you read the Oracle Documentation for Oracle BIA (, you could find the following; “Currency conversions are required because your business might have transactions involving multiple currencies. To create a meaningful report, you have to use a common currency.”

15. OBIEE11g: Creating and Developing Custom Styles, Skins & Messages (Part 2)

Andrew Fagence writes, “In my previous article (found here: I explained how to develop and deploy a custom skin within OBIEE. In this part of the article I will explain how to develop and deploy a custom style and message.”

16. Your OBIEE Commentary and Collaboration Issues are a Thing of the Past…

Justin Townsend writes about commentary and collaboration problems being a thing of the past…

17. Oracle BI 11g – Adding a dynamic logo and title to your dashboard page

Leigh Wilson says, “This post is a long overdue upgrade from my 10g Dynamic Banner post.

Most of my stakeholders don’t like the visual noise that dominates a typical Oracle BI project.
I usually take control of the look and feel by hiding away the banner and “branding” my Oracle BI projects using a logo.

This post will help you take control of the look & feel. It also forms the basis for other advanced dashboarding posts in my blog.”

18. How to Use Strategic Planning and KPIs to Achieve Business Success

Steve Yeung summarises:

  • Define the Vision and Core Values of the Company
  • State Your Primary Mission
  • Set Corporate and Departmental Goals
  • Do a Situation Analysis
  • Set Out Your Business Plan
  • Set up Key Performance Indicators
  • Conclusion

19.  Introducing Checkmate – True Development Lifecycle For OBIEE

Kevin McGinley says,

In his opinion, every development environment should have the following:

  • A working area for each developer
  • Source control for everyone developing
  • Branch-based development, with automatic merging of selected features into a fully-functional release
  • Automatic regression testing of each and every new feature as part of the development process, before migration to QA
  • Environment-specific build processes that automatically generate and deploy artifacts to each environment

20. Treemap Visual Now Available on Oracle BI Cloud Edition

Christian Screen writes, “We all like new shiny-spoon features and it looks like the Oracle BI public cloud edition will be brandishing at least one new visual on which we can feast our eyes. Treemap visualizations have long been a staple in analytical visual renderings and many a business user will be happy to explore this new functionality.”

21. Who moved my data?

John Booth writes a homage to ‘Who moved my cheese’!

22. Build Your Own Time Hierarchy

Jeff McQuigg covers:

  • There Are Multiple Hierarchies to be Aware of
  • A Closer Look at a Level
  • Optional Columns
  • Column Naming
  • Putting the Table Design Together
  • OBI Configuration
  • Building Calendar Data
  • Testing
  • Other Notes

And wraps up by saying, “A good time hierarchy should be very robust and flexible for users. We really shouldn’t ever need to build special RPD or report logic to concatenate or do funky things with the calendar dimension – build them into the table. Hopefully you’ve seen how easy it actually is, and adding a new column isn’t that daunting.”